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Digitata is a naturally occurring form of oriental plane, now considered a variety. It was first described by British botanist George Henry (1806-1879) who also admitted that the tree had been put into commerce some 30 earlier by Loddiges, a significant nursery of 18th and 19th century renowned for importing and introducing new and exotic plants to Britain. Digitata is very similar to Laciniata variety but there a few differences. Its leaves are 15-20 long a ...entire article
Platycarpa is not a peach variety but a type (form), in botany it is recognized by var. or f. in front of the name. It has many names and is most often called flat peach, donut peach, even UFO peach, and among growers commonly paraguayo peach. From a fruit tree expert I learnt that this is a wild form of a peach tree which naturally occurs in rather elevated locations compared to its sister varieties. From historical sources we first hear about this peach type in a 16th century novel by Wu Cheng’en called The Jo ...entire article
Crispum is a hart’s tongue fern variety from the undulatum group. Its narrow leaves are similar to Angustatum variety but exhibit gently crested margins. They are deep green, 30-40 cm long, dark green, highly glossy, and withstand deep frost without damage, only during very cold spells they may wilt and lie on the ground awaiting warmer weather when they straighten up again. It is cultivated in semi-shaded or shaded locations with moist but well-drai ...entire article
AMBER® is a dwarf peach tree developed by Chris “Floyd” Zaiger (1926-2020) who devoted all his adult life to breeding stone fruit. He set up Zaiger’s Genetics in Modesto, California, USA, where plants are bred using hand pollination rather than using DNA manipulation. As of 2020 they patented 446 fruit tree varieties. Floyd Zaiger is also the man behind a huge success of interspecific hybrids of plums and apricots called pluots (plumcots) and apriums which nowadays seem to gain more and more pop ...entire article
Jan’s Delight is a German mountain laurel variety bred by a specialist kalmia breeder Dr. Karl-Heinz Hübbers in 2003 as a cross between varieties Peppermint and Ginkona. He named after his son and introduced it in 2013. From greyish white buds open about 2.5 cm wide flowers which combine a broad maroon band and maroon rays around the throat on the off-white background. Another attractive feature about this variety is the spectacular colour of newly emerging leaves which are glowing coppery red just like new phot ...entire article
Pendula is a weeping form of European beech first introduced by George Loddiges in his nursery in London, UK, in 1836. It bears deciduous, 6-10 cm long, broadly elliptic-ovate, glossy leaves that emerge bright green, mature to dark green in summer, and turn yellow and brown shades in autumn. Its weeping branches form irregular cascades and each tree is unique in its habit. It grows slowly but mature trees are substantial and are best located as lawn specimens with space around them so you can fully enjoy the outline o ...entire article
Lady Vansittart is a spring flowering hardy camellia from Japan where it was obtained by L. van Houtte, Belgium, in 1887 and offered to Caledonia Nursery in Guernsey, UK. It produces medium-sized, 6-9 cm across, semi-double flowers of variable colour. They are mostly white or pale pink with irregular pink or red stripes, exceptionally the reverse: red flowers with white stripes. They come out from about mid April for 6-8 weeks, until the shrub has flower buds and there are many of them. Leaves are evergreen, narrowly ...entire article
Himalayan helwingia comes from East Nepal and West China and was first described in 1879. It is a rare, evergreen, or semi-deciduous shrub with attractive and unusual leaves. They are 5-11 cm long, 1-4 cm wide, narrowly lanceolate, caudate (with a small tail at the tip), rather matte, shallowly serrated at margins, maroon as they emerge and medium green when mature. The plant always keeps its newest leaf red even in winter. It grows moderately to fast (30-40 cm per year), making slender, upright shoots, spreading by root runners owing to which its forms de ...entire article
Henry’s Garnet is a valued variety of sweetspire that received AGM (Award of Garden Merit) from the English Royal Horticultural Society. It is a selection with exceptional autumn colour and was first noticed by the American botanist Michael Dirr when he found it growing in the gardens of the University of Swarthmore in Pennsylvania, USA. He learned that the seedlings had been donated by Josephine Henry who had brought them from Georgia. In honour of her contribution and to recognize the university, too, he named ...entire article
24.11.2021New in catalogue
wormwood (Artemisia "'POWIS CASTLE'")
Powis Castle is an English variety of wormwood that is also called Brass Band. It is most likely a spontaneous hybrid between the species a. arborescens and a. absinthium from the Middle East where wormwoods willingly hybridize among themselves. One plant was found growing in a garden in Yorkshire by British gardener Jim Hancock in 1968, he took a cutting and began growing it in the gardens of Powis Castle, where in 1972 he became a chief gardener. He named it after the castle, propagated it, and introduced it to publ ...entire article
GEISHA RED is another gem out of the GEISHA series of Japanese azaleas. It makes dwarf plants with a profusion of small, single, raspberry red flowers from the first half of May for 2-3 weeks. At its peak it is smothered with flowers making the leaves invisible. Those are evergreen, small, narrowly elliptic, medium green, and partly glossy. GEISHA RED is a low, slow-growing, mounding shrub and withstands full sun. Japanese azaleas can be clipped to shapes in early June. If so, do not use fertilizers enhancing growt ...entire article
23.11.2021New in catalogue
Amur cork oak (Phellodendron amurense)
Amur Cork Tree is a beautiful specimen tree native to a large area around the Amur River in N.E. Asia - Manchuria, the Amur region in Russia, and Mongolia. Since the winter temperatures can drop to -40 °C there, no wonder that it is popular especially in countries with colder climates where it is planted for its exotic appearance and attractive bark. It used to be mined for production of cork pulp as well as medicinal purposes. It is well-known in Chinese medicine. It is a medium-sized, fast-growing, massive-trunked tree that naturally forms picturesque, s ...entire article
Reginald Cory is an award-winning indigo variety named after the man of the same name, Reginald Radcliffe Cory (1871-1934), who was one of the eight sponsors of an important collecting expedition to China between 1917-1920 and who, although an amateur gardener, helped build a significant garden complex around the estate in Dyffrny, Wales, which he inherited after his father’s death. The plant first appeared in 1969 at East Bergholt Place in Suffolk, England, where it was grown by Charles C. Elley from cuttings h ...entire article
Briots Menhir is a beautiful holly introduction from 2016 which was found as a natural mutation of an older variety Madame Briot by H. Zintel Jr from the Netherlands. Its leaf shape and colour are almost identical with its parent but what makes it stand apart is a unique columnar habit which is unusual for a holly, and even less common for a variegated one. It makes 4-6 cm long, spiny, evergreen, leathery, and glossy leaves with dark green centres and pale ...entire article
Crimson Pirate is not a relic member of the Soviet navy secret service from the cold war era, it is a showy daylily with flower that could boldly compete with the Soviet Union flag colour. It boasts deep ruby red, elongated petals that open into 10 cm wide flowers with golden yellow throat. Blooming begins in mid-July and lasts until late summer. Stems are 70-80 cm tall and strong. Introduced in 1951. The leaves are deep green, strong and healthy. They appear early in the spring and persist until winter unlike spri ...entire article
PINK PINNACLE™ is an American chaste tree variety bred by Carol Robacker by using radiated seeds of Shoal Creek variety in 2006. The result is a clear pink flowering variety with slightly shorter growth and dense habit. Currently it is supposed to be the best pink variety on market. US patent No. PP27,374 was granted in 2016. I must admit I am fascinated by everything about this plant. Apart from its showy flowers I love its texture. Its dramatically pointed leaves look rather exotic and though there is plent ...entire article
DELTA BLUES™ is an American chaste tree variety bred and selected by Matthew Dirr from the University of Georgia, son of a famous horticulturist Michael A. Dirr, Ph.D. It differs from the species by a more compact growth, dense and rounded habit, and more congested inflorescence making the flower colour look deeper. It grows 2-3 m tall and wide. US patent No. PP25,914 was granted in 2015. I must admit I am fascinated by everything about this plant. Apart from its showy flowers I love its texture. Its dramatic ...entire article
Daylilies with white blooms are sought-after and one might even say that they are in fashion at the beginning of the third millennium. White Temptation is a variety with large flowers that are 12-13 cm across and come out from mid-July atop 70-80 cm tall, sturdy stems. Their petals are almost white with pale lemon-yellow hues and yellow-green throat. It was introduced in 1978. The leaves are deep green, strong and healthy. They appear early in the spring and persist until winter unlike spring bulbs whose leaves wit ...entire article
Jacqueline Hillier (J.H. elm) is a unique elm variety, possibly a witch’s broom with small leaves, slow growth, and picturesque habit. Its deciduous leaves are medium green, alternating, only about 3 cm long, typically hornbeam-shaped: narrowly ovate, conspicuously veined and serrated at margins. They grow in a distinctive herringbone pattern. Young leaves are pale green to almost yellow green with a hint of pink and turn orange in autumn. This variety does not bloom or make seeds or produce root suckers as some ...entire article
13.11.2021New in catalogue
daylily (Hemerocallis "'RUBY STELLA'")
Ruby Stella is one of the very few daylilies that reliably bloom almost all summer long. Its flowers are 8-9 cm across, broadly funnel-shaped, ruby red with a bright yellow throat, open wide, and appear in profusion from about mid-July until September atop thin, 30-40 cm tall, slightly arching stems until early autumn. The leaves are narrower compared to other hybrids, medium green, deciduous, and form a dense clump. It was found by Leo Berbee in his Dutch nursery in Lisse, the Netherlands, in 1992. Even though he ...entire article
13.11.2021New in catalogue
redvein maple (Acer rufinerve)
Redvein maple, or also called Honshu maple according to its origin, belongs among acer species such as a. davidii or a. griseum sought after for their beautiful bark. Its natural habitat are mountainous forests of Japan, the islands of Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku. Even young plants show distinctly coloured bark with alternating, vertical, medium green to olive green and gray stripes which in autumn and winter can take on a rusty orange to reddish hue. On younger trunks appear diamond-shaped marks which disappear with age. The older the tree, the lighter colou ...entire article
Narihira is a Threadleaf mahonia variety which is possibly the first widespread variety of this unique mahonia species in the USA. It is a stunning architectural plant whose habit resembles that of a small palm tree which makes it popular in exotic-style landscapes. Its evergreen leaflets are 1-2 cm wide, soft to touch, dark green, partially glossy, gently serrated at margins, and form a compound pinnate frond. In autumn unroll 10-20 cm tall, upright racemes composed of small, bright yellow, slightly fragrant flowers. ...entire article
12.11.2021New in catalogue
field maple (Acer campestre)
Field maple (and its varieties) is one of the most frequently planted trees in Czech urban landscapes. It is of European origin and has earned its success thanks to its high tolerance to all kinds of weather conditions as well as those brought upon by humans, and longevity. It is rated a medium-tall tree, although there are some extra-large specimens of high age located all around the globe. The cultivars are significantly smaller and are also suitable for small gardens. Leaves of field maple are deciduous, palmate, medium green, partially glossy, and deco ...entire article
FRAGRANT VALLEY™ is a Canadian contribution to the Himalayan sweet box family. It is a chance seedling selected by Gurjit Sidhu in their Sidhu & Sons Nursery in Mission, British Columbia, Canada in 2002. It was one of only two plants out of 2,000 seedlings that showed different characteristics compared to the species. FRAGRANT VALLEY™ is an extremely elegant Himalayan sweet box variety with prominently narrow leaves and a unique, dwarf habit making it suitable as a beautiful evergreen groundcover. The ...entire article
11.11.2021New in catalogue
slender vervain (Verbena rigida )
Slender vervain is a South American perennial from Brasil and Argentina which is cultivated in temperate parts of the world as a self-seeding annual. It usually germinates only when the weather has turned really hot which is mid to late June in Central Europe and starts to flower within a few weeks afterwards. Plants that were overwintered in a pot indoors and planted out in spring will flower about a week earlier. Slender vervain makes lax corymbs or short terminal spikes composed of salverform flowers of vibrant magenta colour atop 40-60 cm tall, many-b ...entire article
RISING SUN™ is an American variety of Eastern redbud found by Ray and Cindy Jackson for their Jackson Nursery in Belvidere, Tennessee, as a chance seedling. It boasts large, 10-14 cm long and wide, broadly heart-shaped leaves which emerge bright golden or orange while older leaves are bright yellow-green and chartreuse. They are deciduous and in autumn they turn rich ruby red and yellow. In early spring appear small, pea-like, pink, stalk-less flowers in small clusters growing on bare wood. US plant patent No. P ...entire article
When a shrubby version of ivy was discovered it was a breakthrough. A non-climbing ivy with even more attractive foliage was an entirely different plant that could be used in various ways unlike a climber. Now there is an improvement over this invention – a dwarf version of shrubby ivy, even more cute and possibly twice as dense. It was named Arbori Compact. It boasts handsome, highly glossy, deep green, and conspicuously veined, evergreen foliage that does look like those o ...entire article
I suppose that there’s never enough skimmia varieties when it comes to dwarf as well as female plants with berries. Just like Godrie’s Little Ruby. Johan Godrie from his nursery in Dutch town Achtmaal bred 2 siblings, the male variety Godries Dwarf Green (pollinator) and the female Godries Little Ruby, which if pollinated by any male variety bears attractive, glossy, bright red fruits in autumn. It makes upright panicles composed of tine, cream white, strongly sweetly scented flowers whose buds form alread ...entire article
10.11.2021New in catalogue
three-flowered maple (Acer triflorum)
Three-flowered maple comes from northeastern China and Korea and has been in cultivation from 1928. It is one of the few trees that has no varieties or selections so far – it does not seem variable and all its seedlings show identical traits. It is similar to another species – paperbark maple (a. griseum) which also offers attractively peeling bark. Three-flowered maple gained its name thanks to its inflorescence composed of three small, light yellow, hanging flowers, that are followe ...entire article
LOUISE is a Scottish selection of Fraser’s photinia. It was found as a naturally occurring mutation of one branch on Red Robin photinia by Louise McWhinnie from McLaren’s Nurseries in 2008. Since there’s already one variegated photinia called PINK MARBLE® let’s describe this novelty in comparison. LOUISE has evergreen, glossy, 10-15 cm long, 4-6 cm wide leaves which are rather symmetrically ovate (P.M. has irregular leaf shape), ol ...entire article
Naree sweet gum was found as a spontaneous mutation of the species in Australia and did not reach Europe until after 2000 – it was first introduced by the Junker’s Nursery from Milverton, United Kingdom, in 2002. It belongs among a few unique varieties with yellow leaves. These are deciduous, broadly palmate, not too deeply cut, yet the tips are conspicuous and resemble a maple leaf. They lack additional notches at the edges, which in other varieties evoke a resemblance to cut-leaved maples (dissectum grou ...entire article
Looking at the CRIMSON SPIRE™ oak either from a distance or up close, it must be clear to anyone why it became a smash immediately after its launch in 1994 and remains popular still today. It forms a narrowly columnar tree, densely branched from the ground, with beautifully shaped leaves which in autumn offer magnificent colors. They are deciduous, 9-18 cm long, 4-10 cm wide, lobed at margins, partly glossy, and medium green from spring till late summer. In autumn, they turn vivid scarlet and crimson before ...entire article
Maestro® hellebore is another from the ballardiae hybrids i.e. crossings of h.lividus and h.niger. They usually have marbled foliage and dusky coloured flowers. Maestro® makes 4-5 cm wide flowers which open white and turn dusky pink, and mature to cloudy pink when all stamens have fallen off. Evergreen leaves are palmately divided, leathery, and almost lying on the ground taking up a larger area than other varieties. In warm winters flowering beg ...entire article
“Lane Roberts” is a large-leaved variety of sweetgum. The leaves are mid- to deep green, deeply lobed and look like maple leaves but are not opposite. It is popular for its autumn colours with prevailing red, deep purple, and almost blackish red. The fruits are small, medium-hard spiny spheres. In gardens with limited space for roots it seldom grows taller than 10m, however, in parks and in southern countries you may encounter much taller and obviously very old specimens reaching over 20m. It likes any fertile to mid-fertile soil, preferably acidic and moist. ...entire article
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